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    Archive for November 2011

    Dutch banks and carriers to launch NFC in 2013

    November 30th, 2011

    Mobile network operators KPN and Vodafone have signed a cooperation agreement with bankers ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank — but T-Mobile has pulled out of the ‘Sixpack’ partnership and will follow its own route to market. More

    SIMalliance releases new version of Open Mobile API

    November 29th, 2011

    The new version of the Open Mobile API is designed to enable app developers to work easily with the secure elements in mobile phones — without needing specialist knowledge of how the technology works. More

    Handheld NFC terminal packs a printer

    November 29th, 2011

    The Casio IT-9000 is designed for applications that require on the spot printing, such as receipts for mobile retail transactions, receipts and tickets for public transportation, as well as for meter reading, proof of delivery and queue busting operations. More

    Vivotech powers Cubic EMV reader

    November 29th, 2011

    Vivotech‘s EMV and NFC payments software is now being used in Cubic Transportation Systems‘ new Tri-Reader 3 contactless readers, after the two companies signed a licensing and development agreement in 2009. The Tri-Reader 3 was… More

    Survey reports on consumer attitudes to next-gen loyalty

    November 29th, 2011

    “There is undoubtedly consumer appetite for using new technologies when the benefits are made clear,” says Ipsos Mori boss Simon Atkinson. “For consumers who are worried about embracing technology changes, and the older generation in particular, the answer is likely to lie in offering existing services in tandem with new.” More

    Zapa returns with €1.1m investment

    November 29th, 2011

    Irish NFC specialist Zapa Technology, which ran into financial difficulties last month, is back in business with new investment led by technology entrepreneur Brendan McDonagh (pictured), who has become the company’s new CEO. Delta Partners… More

    Kimtag adds NFC tag scan alerts

    November 29th, 2011

    NFC tag platform provider Kimtag has launched ScanTip, a realtime email alert system for QR code and NFC tag scans. “ScanTip’s realtime notification, combined with our vTag multiple tag system, allows our users to get a closer understanding of how and when QR codes or NFC tags are being scanned,” says CEO Phil Coote.

    Galaxy Nexus NFC bug found

    November 29th, 2011

    A bug in Android 4’s NFC implementation prevents Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone from writing NDEF messages to unformatted tags. First reported on the XDA Developers forums, the problem also affects other devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and is now being addressed by Google: “We’re aware of this issue, and it will be fixed in next upcoming release,” says the company.

    UK gets Acer Liquid Express

    November 29th, 2011

    Acer’s Liquid Express, the company’s first NFC-equipped device, is now available in the UK from Orange and T-Mobile. The entry-level smartphone features a 3.5-inch touch screen and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Acer stated earlier this month that all its future Android smartphones will come with NFC.

    Foursquare adds NFC check-ins

    November 28th, 2011

    Symbian NFC phone users can now check in to locations on Foursquare with a touch of their phones, using the newly updated Foursquare for Symbian app. “No more tedious steps of launching an application waiting for location fix, connecting etc… With NFC this is all done with a simple tap,” says Nokia.

    French bank and carrier team up to bring mobile payments to market

    November 28th, 2011

    The new BNP Paribas Mobile service combines a mobile network subscription, a range of innovative mobile banking products plus a choice of phones — including three with NFC — and is being promoted to customers via the bank’s network of branches across France. More

    Art lovers rate exhibits with NFC

    November 25th, 2011

    Visitors to the STRP Festival in the Netherlands can use NFC phones to tag exhibits with keywords, share their experience via social media, rate individual exhibits and create a personalised poster incorporating their favourite experiences. More

    Dubai cinemas get NFC promos

    November 25th, 2011

    Nokia N9 NFC phone users in Dubai are being offered free cinema ticket and popcorn vouchers for tapping their phone on smart posters and display stands located in the foyer of selected Vox Cinemas. Exit displays allow NFC phone users to tap a tag to access movie listings and a Nokia Facebook ‘Like’ page. The system was developed by UK-based NFC specialist Proxama.

    EU raises m-payments concerns

    November 25th, 2011

    The lack of a “concrete European framework” for mobile payments means “the largest and most promising global m-payment initiatives are currently launched outside Europe,” according to a European Commission document that Bloomberg News has obtained. “Regulators may seek to spur mobile-phone payments,” says Bloomberg.

    Telefonica begins BlackBerry NFC trial

    November 25th, 2011

    “We look forward to seeing the launch of commercial wallet services in several markets next year,” says the CEO of Telefónica Digital. More

    PayPal UK: Mobile wallets won’t become mainstream until 2016

    November 25th, 2011

    “2016 will mark the real start of money’s digital switchover in the UK,” says the boss of PayPal UK. “Children born today will become the UK’s first ‘cashless generation’. It will be completely natural for them to pay by mobile.” More

    NFC serves up badminton game

    November 25th, 2011

    A multiplayer badminton game that uses smartphones to imitate racquets has been shown off by Indonesian developer Agate Studio. NFC is used in the game to initiate a Bluetooth connection between two mobile phones, and… More

    NXP launches NFC reader chip

    November 25th, 2011

    NXP has introduced a multi-protocol, NFC-ready contactless transceiver chip that can be used in a wide range of banking, e-government, transport and mobile payment terminals and other devices. The CLRC663 supports all 13.56MHz contactless standards… More

    Inside ranks in Tech Fast 500

    November 25th, 2011

    Inside Secure has been included in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The French company, which is expected to go public in the near future, has grown operating revenue 318% over five years. Mobile banking specialist Monitise also made the list, with 2,408% growth over the same period.

    Reply adds ‘tap to buy’ payments

    November 25th, 2011

    Italian technology provider Reply has unveiled Hi Credits, a new service that lets consumers make purchases by scanning a 2D barcode displayed on a merchant’s mobile phone, or printed on a wide variety of promotional media, or by tapping an NFC tag. To register, consumers download an app and sign up on a participating bank’s website. They can then complete a scanned or tapped purchase by simply entering a PIN on their phone and pressing ‘OK’.

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